Wednesday, September 2, 2009

i-TFTD #216: On Strategy, Execution and Innovation

i-TFTD #216: On Strategy, Execution and Innovation

#216-1. The future is not a place to which we are going, it is a place we are creating. The paths to the future are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.
-(variously attributed to John Schaar, Martha Cleary and Peter Kenyon)

#216-2. Invention requires an excited mind; execution, a calm one.
-Johann Peter Eckermann, poet (1792-1854)

#216-3. It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.
-Sydney Smith, writer and clergyman (1771-1845)

I find the first one to be profoundly true at various levels. The second explains why creativity does not always result in innovation. The third is a mistake we often make.

In these days when we are bombarded by tips on strategy from the McKinseys, Harvards and Sloans of the world,  while Ram Charan, Hamel, Prahalad and other gurus exhort leaders to focus on action and innovation, the above three should be put up on large posters in any strategy discussion room.


Bradley J. Moore said...

Love it! I am printing out these quotes. It is so true. I especially like the first - "The future is a place we are creating."

Thanks for some good, sound, simple advice that I will take to work with me today.

(PS - I hopped over to your site from a comment you made at Marshall Goldsmith's blog. Nice to meet you!)

RG said...

Thanks, Bradley. I hopped over and perused your interesting site but the posts were a bit long so I decided to read them and respond at another time. I have experiences to share, similar to yours, on the Godcation concept.